#WriteFantasyFriday -House of Realms

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Welcome to the first ever #WriteFantasyFriday Fantasy writing prompt on BnV. 🙂

Using the photo prompt above, we will begin this (hopefully) fun writing exercise with a little world building.  Where is this amazing place?  What is it used for?  How did it come into being?  (just some thoughts – you don’t actually have to answer them.)  Your post should:

  • Include the tag #WriteFantasyFriday,
  • Use the title above
  • Be 500-750 words, (sorry, OUCH!)
  • Use this spectacular image as its inspiration.  Please also be SURE to credit the original artist, whose information is at the bottom of this post. 

Create a post on your own blog…write whatever you choose, (Please see post specifications and additional instructions hereand link back to the prompt post on BnV with a pingback .  If you are unsure of how to create a pingback, find an excellent tutorial here.

To ensure I see them, and also to invite readers to visit your blog, please copy and paste your posts link into the comments section of this post.

Each week, I will feature selected posts from the week on BnV.  Thank you for sharing your time and amazing talent with all of us. I hope you will Enjoy!

~Morgan~

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Beautiful Original Artwork by John Stephens

#Author #Feature on Celthric.com

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I am honoured to be the featured author on Celthric.com this week and couldn’t resist sharing it with you.

Celthric.com is a Science Fiction and Fantasy blog, promoting indie authors, artists, creative works, movies, games, and various other topics of interest.

Celthric asked me how I got into writing, what my writing routine is, how I come up with ideas, and asked more in depth questions about Dark Fey, such as what inspired the story and what is the message behind the shadows.

Please pop by and visit Celthric.  You’re sure to find a topic of interest!

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~Morgan~

#WriteFantasyFriday #WritingPrompt #Kickoff

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Welcome to a new chapter in BnV history!  Im excited to kick off what I hope will be an exciting, challenging, and rewarding writing prompt series that will not only, perhaps, stretch your writing skills, but allow (fantasy) writers to find and enjoy each other’s writing/blogs.

Here’s what I’m thinking… (I will post the first writing prompt this coming Friday!)

Each Fantasy Friday, I will post a picture or series of pictures as a Fantasy Writing Prompt.  I will specify what the post should be about: a little world building; a conversation between characters; a conflict perhaps; I might inflict a word-limit; or a format, just a direction to get the imagination flowing.  Then, it’s up to YOU.

Use the image(s) provided as inspiration to create a post on your own blog…write whatever you choose, (Please see post specifications below)  and link back to the prompt post on BnV with a pingback .  If you are unsure of how to create a pingback, find an excellent tutorial here.

All Pingbacks from your blog need to be manually approved, so to ensure I see them, and also to invite readers to visit your blog, please copy and paste your Title and link into the comments section of the post.

Each week, I will feature selected posts on BnV by copying/pasting the first several lines of your post and a pingback to your blog.  Please be sure to use the #WriteFantasyFriday hashtag so we can all find each other.

Writing Prompts are a Fun-tastic way to share your skill and to find others with similar interests. Please be sure to visit, read and explore the sites of other writers.

Post Specifications:

  • BnV’s blog rating is PG-13.  Please abide.
  • No gratuitous violence or sex, please.
  • Posts glamorizing hatred, discrimination, or anything else of an extreme-negative nature will not be linked to BnV.
  • By creating a post on your blog that pings back to BnV under the #WriteFantasyFriday hashtag, you agree to allow me to feature your post on BnV by copying/pasting content from yours to mine.

Thank you for sharing your time and talent with BnV.  I’m excited to meet you, learn more about your writing, and build a community through Fantasy.

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~Morgan~

#Fantasy #WritingPrompt #Preview- Probing for Interest

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For my fellow writers: Would you be interested in a writing prompt series that would showcase your writing?

I’ve had this thought turning for several weeks in my mind to run a writing- prompt series on my blog. This wouldn’t be the same ol’ same ol’ and would not be quite like other writing prompt posts. It would be a picture/ image with a specific prompt in mind…. something you have to write about concerning the picture. Ok ok that’s your basic prompt- produce prefabrication, but this is the variation.

I’d post a picture like above and ask writers to create a character in 1000 words or less. Or I’d post a landscape and want writers to do a little world building. Maybe I’d post two characters and see what fantastic dialog they might have or what sort of conflict they would get into.

Being a fantasy writer, and someone who loves to create, the notion appeals, but does it appeal to you?

I welcome you’re feedback, because if your game, it’s a go!

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~Morgan ~

#WordlessWednesday- Subtlety – #Photography of #Nature

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I don’t claim to be a superb photographer, but these are a few shots I’m proud off.  Taken either at Longwood Gardens, PA or in Colorado.

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~Morgan~

Always- #RomanticTuesday #Love #Poetry

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Sweetest Wine

Touch the Flame to the Burning Candle

And Brighten this darkness with Your Love,

For as Sweet as any Wine could Intoxicate,

You Bring Bliss to my Fragile state.

 

Caress my Senses with Your Softest Smile,

While the Moon ‘s dance Indistinctly sways,

For as Breathlessly as any Dream could Beguile,

You bring Abandon to my Pounding Heart.

 

Tempt my Imagination with Your Eloquence Sublime

And Stare into me like an Angel, Knowing All,

For as Divine as any Love could ever Be,

Are you, My Precious Darling,

Always,

To Me.

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~Morgan~

#Blogiversary #6- A Brief #Story of blind #Hope and Bright #Joy

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Wow. Six years? Really? I’m amazed, honored, and stunned. To be honest, when I started this blog I really didn’t have any idea what I was doing. I’d never even read a blog before, let alone written a post, but being the intrepid adventurer that I am, I jumped in with both feet. Went out on that proverbial limb. Stood on the precipice, looked over the edge, and said “Oh why not?”

That was 6 years ago. Amazing. Staggering really. Who would have thought? Surely not me. At least, not when I started out. But you have followed me, supported me, shared me, and dare I say, liked me more times than I can comprehend.

I’m not one to stare at pie charts or statistical graphs, but in honor of the event, I admit I peeked and my mouth hung open as a result. Tears sprang to my eyes and my head shook more than once or twice.

Book n volume, my non- descript little blog about poetry, promise, and perplexities has been visited over 250K times in over 190 countries around the world and is followed by just shy of 18,000 people.

May I cry now?

Never, in all my wildest or more hopeful dreams did i ever imagine such a truly astonishing blessing. Never. I remember vividly celebrating 35 followers and finding it quite inexpressible.

THANK YOU EVER SO!

Yes, I’m shouting. Shouting from the mountaintop. Because despite all my words…. of which we both know there are many…. without YOU none of this ever would have been possible.

Thank you. Truly. Deeply.

May Blessings of Love, Hope, Peace and Joy fill your lives like stars shining down from the boundless heavens.

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~Morgan ~

Dark Fey is #5Star #Epic #YA #Fantasy you can’t put down!

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The story of Dark Fey is set in a fantasy realm; a world of beauty, magic, Light and Darkness. It is peopled by Feyfolk, winged beings the size of any human who are born with gifts of telepathy, empathy and sometimes magic. Although it is an Epic YA Fantasy, the message of Dark Fey is based upon the brutal, true-life events of the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda and is comparative to our own reality.  Dark Fey relates how the Power of Hope, Acceptance and Forgiveness can change the world, if you take Positive Action to create Change through doing what is Right.

The only way to achieve Peace is to become Peace.

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Discover More About Dark Fey on its official website

The Reviled
Standing in Shadows
Breaking Into The Light

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~Morgan~

Translation- Journey to Elysium- #Books and #Acting

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Translation

Some people love to read. They devour books in days, feasting upon them, one after the other like a box of chocolates left open in a room filled with hungry people. They are the speed readers, capable of interpreting 1000 words a minute; they turn pages like a camera snapping pictures, but do they truly enjoy the beauty of the written words? Do they share the emotions of the characters and grasp the subtle connotations being so generously offered by the writer or do they simple read, following the Get it, Got it, Good, Moving On mentality.

Believe it or not, I don’t read a lot of books. I tend to be a slow reader, painfully slow. I read to myself the same way I would read aloud to someone else, with inflection, with emotion, and often I re-read passages several times to be sure I understand what is being said or not said, shown or not shown, felt or not felt, it’s the writer in me. Therefore, I do not often read the book when there’s sure to be a movie coming soon, anyway. There are, of course, exceptions. I have read Tolkien’s glorious trilogy; I’ve perused many of the historical reenactments of Philippa Gregory, and I’ve savoured the challenges of Dickens, Austin, and Poe, but more often than not completing one book takes me, on average, a year. Particularly because I detest abridged versions; if I cannot sink my teeth into the sumptuous banquet the author has created, in its entirety, and relish each delicious morsel, then I’d really rather not, thank you.

Some of us take days and others take months to absorb what’s scribed upon the page; it’s a form of translation and at the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter how long the process takes. Perception of an idea, ideal, symbol, or suggestion: this is the desired outcome, the goal of all authors, but there are many forms of translation and many levels to reaching the ultimate objective.

A book can sit on a dusty shelf in a library, patiently waiting to be picked up. It can be deviated into a shadow of its former self by one company or another, reducing it into bridge notes. It might be fortunate enough to be adapted into a performance worthy of the stage or it may achieve the dubious distinction of being made into a movie.

Translating a masterpiece of words, phrasing, sub-text, symbolism and point(s) of view into film is a daunting undertaking that I cannot even begin to fathom and would never take on, not for any inducement; however, having said as much, there are those individuals who prefer this painstakingly complex ordeal over the actual reading of said work of genius and I give them credit. Granted, there are far fewer remarkably stunning adaptations than there are second-rate disappointments, but this is the danger inherent in translation. Often, simply too much of the scope and magic of the original is lost in the conversion, for whatever reason: low budgets, creative differences, mediocre photography, deficient acting.

A perfect example of the blunder of taking an extraordinary book and slapping it in front of a camera with seemingly little forethought is the 1990 film Lord of The Flies. I LOVE the book, to me, it is unquestionably a magnum opus and I’ve read it more times than I care to mention. The intoxicating descriptions and profusion of symbolism throughout are enthralling. They are also the essence of the book, but when it was adapted for (this particular) film, those composing the translation seemed to pay little heed to the book’s all important imagery.

Simple things, like the colour of the characters hair, were disregarded. In the book, the protagonist, Ralph, is blond…and for good reason: he is the representation all that is good, light, and right in society. The book’s antagonist, Jack, has red hair and is described as quite unattractive…again, for a purpose. He represents all that is dark, savage and unbridled in the world. Two significant representations, but in the movie they are reversed. In fact, nearly ever symbol of the book was inverted or ignored in the movie and the result was utterly, devastatingly disappointing.

But for all the travesties of injustice that exist, there are also tour de force demonstrations of the exquisite magic that is possible when masterful and insightful directing, collaborative production, skillful artistry, breathtaking cinematography, and incomparable acting unite. When the final translation of a single idea, conceived in the mind of the author, takes on physical, emotional, and spiritual manifestation through the eloquence of an actor who is fully committed to the embodiment of the charade, all else pales by comparison.

For a book, and, often, for me, this is the moment Valhalla opens, the instant when Elysium comes into view, this is the Attainment of Utopia and the Achievement of Enlightenment. When the supreme privilege of witnessing the brilliance of perfectly executed translation brings us to the Gates of Heaven and we watch the magnificent spectacle in awe and adoration.

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~Morgan~

A Marvelous #Review of Dark Fey Breaking into the Light- #Epic #YA #Fantasy

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A tale of battle, redemption, and an empathetic look at one’s stance against “evil,” this book will appeal to fantasy fans who like a story that makes them think. Full of fanciful creatures, strange languages, and exotic names, the story is a philosophical twist on the perennial tale of dark versus light….Reviewed by Book Review Directory – 4 out of 4 Stars

Dark Fey Breaking Into The Light asks the questions, can we truly understand another’s misery without knowing the extent to which they suffer? Would we willingly risk our lives for someone without experiencing some measure of their pain, despair, or anger?

Like any good fantasy, this final saga of the trilogy sets the stage with dramatic events that test boundaries and push characters to their limits. Readers learn what it’s like to be one of the Reviled through descriptions that are darker and more intense than either of the previous books, but with good reason. I hope to elicit a reaction in the reader similar to those the Fey of the Light experience by showing them firsthand what the Reviled (our child soldiers) have suffered. I also pose the most important concept of the trilogy: The only way the achieve Peace is by becoming Peace. Through this thought-provoking concept, I open the door to an unexpected and powerful conclusion.
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~Morgan~

This Male- #Passionate #Love #poetry

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This Male

Who fills my thoughts

Who makes my pulse Rush

Who sends Shivers without ever a Touch

He speaks in Whispers

He stares with Desire

His kiss is Tender Delicate fire

My heart Aches for Him

My body Yearns

These thoughts Tremble and endlessly Burn

Only

For this Male….

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~Morgan ~

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Beautiful photograph found on Pinterest. Credit Gratefully Acknowledged to the original photographer and model. Thank you ~

Perfection- #Love #poetry

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Perfection

The Sweetest Music to have ever Graced my ear,
Is a Jumble of Chaos, Clamor and Confusion,
Compared with
The Entrancing Sweetness of You.

The Loveliest Masterpiece to have ever made me Stare,
Is just a spot of Mud smeared upon Canvas,
Compared with
The Exquisite Masterpiece of You.

The Most Peaceful, Secluded Vale to have ever made me Sigh,
Is a Riotous Turmoil of Psychosis and Frenzy,
Compared to
The Consummate Peace of You.

The Finest Dream to have ever Entranced me in Reverie,
Is a Nightmare of Unspeakable Horrors,
Compared with
The Captivating Dream of You.

Perfection itself, in all its Splendor,
Is but Hideous, Blathering, Insanity,
Compared with
The Unrivaled Perfection of You.

~Morgan~

Honor and Memory- A #MemorialDay #Tribute

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For All

Who Give more than they receive,

Who Stand against the surging tides,

Who Cherish Each Breath, Each Heartbeat;

For there may not be another,

Who Sacrifice that others need not,

Who Uphold what is taken for granted,

Who are Unseen and often Unheard;

Yet Never Forgotten,

Who walk in Honour

Strength,

Integrity;

And Boldly Go into the darkness

Where others fear to tread.

 

All Heart-felt Gratitude and Unwavering Respect

To All Those Who Have and Do

Serve.

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~Morgan~

 

The Time Capsule- #thoughts on #love #life and #time

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time capsule

Love Blossoms
Touches
Reaches
And Transforms Forever
The Heart that Opens To Its Tenderness.

I wrote those words when I was a senior in high school, filled with hope, expectancy, and the clairvoyance of youth.

Back then, I used to carry a tablet around with me from class to class in which I would jot down snippets of songs, (duran duran and dépêche mode, mostly, with some Sammy Harris thrown in for good measure) scribble fragments of poems, or draw elaborate patterns out of the initials of some fleeting fancy. When one tablet filled up, I would start another, filling it to bursting with the musings and, often, the ‘confusings’ of my mind….and thus my blogging career began, long before I knew the word, long before there was such a word.

By the time I graduated I had filled four tablets, each containing 120 pages of memories, hopes, dreams, rhymes, reasons, treasons, and insignificant “doodles”. I saved them for a while where I could pull them out from time to time and reminisce, but after a year or so they ended up in a box in the cellar, locked away, secret, a time capsule treasure trove awaiting rediscovery.

Warp ahead several years (never mind how many!). As time and light bend around us, pulsing in the intergalactic void of the wormhole, we hear sounds from other times in my life, which we are passing along the way. Laughter, Crying, Shouting, Singing, Slurring (just occasionally!), Whispering; vestiges of the passage of time and the journey into knowledge and awareness that have ultimately brought me (and us) to this day.

When the spinning stops (no, I swear we didn’t have any vodka along the way…) you will find me in a small room filled with boxes, where I am overturning years upon years in search of words. (Un-poetically phrased, I am looking through a box of memorabilia and memoirs for a few things I’ve written that I want to share, but the latter sounds so much more enticing, doesn’t it?) Suddenly I stop and a broad smile curves my lips. I laugh, although no one is there except me (well, and you of course) and nothing funny has been said. I had forgotten, but here they are, all four tablets, still intact: 480 pages (give or take a few that the dog, cat or ferret may have eaten!) of a bygone moment in time.

Most of the next hour is spent turning pages, remembering, (or not) hearing old songs, smiling about lost loves, and raising a skeptical (or shocked) brow now and again. Ah the brashness and rashness of Youth! All the things I wanted to do, hoped I’d have, places I dreamed I would go, people I longed to meet; locked away in a prison of pages and ruled lines, trapped and disregarded. Then I stumble upon the poem (above) and I stop, amazed. NICE! I think to myself, I DON’T REMEMBER WRITING THAT. But OH how true it is.

Love Blossoms In the Heart, Mind, Body, Soul.
Love Reaches into you, finding that place you’ve forgotten or ignored for far too long.
Love Touches the place that is lonely, hurting, lost, sorry, sad, angry, guilty, fearful.
Love Transforms Forever in a gentle, unforced, patient manner; only when you are ready for it and only when the time is perfect for it to happen.
The Heart that Opens to Its Tenderness; opening like a time capsule filled with memories just waiting to be rediscovered.

~Morgan~
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Lovely image by : http://www.erasofelegance.com